MOUNTAIN CENTER (CNS) - The U.S. Forest Service announced today it intends to reforest an area consumed by an arson fire near Mountain Center and is seeking input from the public before proceeding.
The agency is seeking to plant on segments of the Cranston Fire footprint beginning in December or January, according to agency spokesman Zach Behrens.
About 740 acres of the 13,140-acre burn area is slated to be covered with hundreds of thousands of Coulter pine, Jeffrey pine and big-cone Douglas-fir trees, Behrens said. The reforestation would entail broadcasting seed over spots where the blaze burned most intensely.
"All planting will be conducted by hand or hand-carried mechanized equipment,'' without use of heavy machinery, Behrens said.
"By planting these trees, it will not onl